Posted: 16/07/2015 at 16:29
Apologies, going to rant a little.... Grey squirrels get a bad rap and an unfair one. They manage to adapt to humans much better than reds - humans have destroyed a lot of the natural habitat that reds needed to provide food and shelter and remain healthy whereas greys are much better at adapting to the change in trees, for an example reds can't eat acorns whereas greys can. So we need to plant more coniferous forests for the reds to succeed. If then the reds are healthy, then they are able (and has been recorded), to survive the poxvirus the same way greys can. Greys are simply much healthier at the moment purely because of their adaptability - I've seen them eat anything to be honest, bread, chocolate etc as well as more natural foods.
It's us humans to blame, 100%. The sooner we leave nature alone, the better off it will be. Oh, and once apon a time, reds were culled in great numbers because humans in the UK thought they were pests. Funny how we never learn!